A militia leader who traveled to Nevada in order to protect the land surrounding Cliven Bundy’s Clark County ranch has accused Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of trying to provoke a new civil war in the United States.
Video has emerged this week of Mike Vanderboegh, the founder of the Three Percenters group, lashing out at Sen. Reid (D-Nevada) during a recent address at the ranch, where supporters remain on site after federal officials attempted last month to confiscate the cattle of Bundy — a 67-year-old rancher who has more than two decades has refused to pay the government fees for grazing on land that the feds say is US property.
Vanderboegh of Alabama and others have stood guard at the Bundy ranch in the days since the US Bureau of Land Management began and then aborted their attempt to confiscate cattle, but nevertheless continue to generate controversy.
Reid last week called Bundy a “hateful racist” who “mooched” off the government after the rancher was caught making remarks to the New York Times considered to be pro-slavery.
“Cliven Bundy has spent decades profiting off government land while refusing to pay the same fair use fees as his fellow ranchers,” Reid said last Thursday, adding that “by denigrating people who work hard and play by the rules while he mooches off public land, he also revealed himself to be a hypocrite.”
Now in the newly surfaced video, Vanderboegh says Reid “is promising us all civil war on a vast scale, because state-sponsored violence is the only way they can win an argument with free people, especially free people who are armed and who are willing to use those arms in defense of liberty.”
“All over this country, we are still staring civil war in its bloody face,” Vanderboegh is caught saying on camera.
“Don’t poke the wolverine with a sharp stick, Harry,” Vanderboegh added. “Unless you want your balls ripped off.”